Hocus Pocus


During Halloween, a teenager (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts resurrects by accident three wicked witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who have been dead for 300 years… At the time of its premiere, neither critics nor audiences cared much for this fantasy/horror comedy, but it has grown into a cult item over the years. This is a special-effects-laden tale lacking finesse, charm and a real sense of humor… but it’s fun watching Midler and Najimy do their comedy routine as two of the sisters.

1993-U.S. 95 min. Color. Directed by Kenny Ortega. Cast: Bette Midler (Winifred ”Winnie” Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson), Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw… Doug Jones. Cameos: Garry Shandling, Penny Marshall.

Trivia: Leonardo DiCaprio was allegedly considered for a role.  



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